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When we finally decided on Seoul for our family vacation this summer, I knew that Myeongdong is my top location choice for our accommodation. The first time I visited Seoul with my family back in 2012, we stayed at the IP Boutique Hotel in Itaewon. Itaewon is known for its nightlife international dining scene and younger crowd. But there’s nothing else in the area that’s of interest to me.
Koreans and expats living in Seoul would probably cringe at the idea of a tourist so eager to stay in Myeongdong. It’s not a place you would frequent if you are already living in Seoul. It’s busy, food is more expensive and too crowded with well, tourists. But we are tourists, and there’s no reason to pretend we’re not.
I also knew that staying in Myeongdong will cost more than usual but I was determined to find an affordable place to stay in the area. K-Guesthouse Myeongdong 3 seemed like the best deal for me, and it’s right in central Myeongdong. Most of the hotels in the area will cost us twice as much. And knowing that we would only be using the room to rest, sleep and store our belongings, my husband and I decided that we didn’t mind staying at a guesthouse for this trip.
The nearest subway station is Myeongdong Station and the nearest exit is Exit 8 (you can also use Exit 7 if you want to use the escalator). It is also near the Airport Bus Station.
Coming from Exit 8, you’ll see Olive Young on your left and Tours Le Jours on your right. Walk straight ahead on this street (Myeongdong 10-gil) until you see this Nature Republic store. Turn right on this alleyway.
K-guesthouse Myeongdong 3 is located in a back alley, away from the crowd but still very close to all the hustle and bustle of Myeongdong.
There is also a coffee shop on the ground floor but we never got to try it. They offer a discount for K-Guesthouse Myeongdong 3 guests.
We arrived past 10:00 AM and were hoping that we could get an early check-in. Unfortunately, we were told by the guy at the reception area that our room is not yet ready (they only have two housekeeping staff) and to come back after 3:00 PM for check-in.
Since we didn’t really have a choice and we have about 5 hours to kill, we decided to go to Bukchon Hanok Village for some lunch and sightseeing.
The standard voltage in South Korea is 220 volts at 60 Hertz and their power outlets have two round holes so I suggest bringing a travel adapter. But just in case you forgot to bring yours, you can borrow one from the receptionist for a 5,000 refundable deposit.
We came back to the guesthouse a few minutes before 3:00 PM to try our luck and see if our room is ready. It turned out that they have double bookings under my name on their system (I had to cancel and re-book our reservation because I needed to change the name and form of payment, but apparently they did not receive the cancellation request. I only had one charge on my card though so I wasn’t worried.). Fortunately, the room for the correct booking is ready and we were finally allowed to check-in.
Our room is on the 5th floor and the receptionist guy accompanied us to our room while he explained the house rules.
There’s a hot/cold water dispenser on each floor which is very convenient.
As expected, the room is really small. I can only open one luggage at a time. We initially would bring our stroller inside but the following night, we just left it outside the room so we can have a little more space.
Don’t forget to take off your shoes before you step into the room!
Surprisingly, this bed is spacious enough for me, my husband and our little girl. We slept comfortably through the night, or maybe we were all just too tired from all the walking.
This is the tiny dresser area (with mirror and a hairdryer) and also a small refrigerator (can probably only hold a few canned drinks). What I liked about the room is the huge window. It makes a difference when you’re in a tiny room. There’s some space at the back of the bed headboard so that’s where I stored our big luggage.
The TV is on the wall at the foot of the bed. Most channels are of course in Korean but I did find a couple of channels that would sometimes have English-language movies.
The bathroom is small but functional. They provide hand towels (not bath towels) and should you need to change it, just bring the used towels to the reception and they’ll give you a new one. I really liked the shampoo, conditioner and body wash they provided, so much that I didn’t even use my own toiletries. There’s no complimentary toothbrush or toothpaste though.
You can request for housekeeping once for every 3-days stay. Our room was cleaned twice during our 6-days stay, on our 3rd and 4th day. You must inform reception before 10:00 AM on the day you want your room cleaned.
Breakfast is included on the reservation but it’s only open between 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM. There’s toast, jam, butter, coffee, juice, cereals, milk, and eggs that you need to fry yourself. Oh, and you have to wash your own dishes and utensils too.
This was my only photo of the breakfast area (located in the basement of the building). We only ate there on our first morning and didn’t bother waking up early just to eat the free breakfast for the rest of our stay. The breakfast area is actually big and looks nice but you can’t access it after breakfast to re-heat your food.
K-GUESTHOUSE MYEONGDONG 3 REVIEW
For first-time visitors with an affinity for shopping and eating, this guesthouse is the perfect base for you. You’ll be right in the heart of Myeongdong, a few steps away to street food, restaurants, shops and malls. It’s also close to the subway and airport bus station making it easy to go around Seoul.
Home to many well-known Korean skincare brands, k-beauty enthusiasts will enjoy shopping for beauty products and cosmetics in Myeongdong. Check out my Korean Skincare Shopping Haul blog post to see what I’m talking about.
There are many other guesthouses and hostels in the area but K-guesthouse Myeongdong 3 offered the most reasonable rates for the dates that we stayed. I’m not going to say the cheapest because there are other hostels that are actually cheaper but based on photos and guest reviews, K-Guesthouse Myeongdong 3 seemed to be the best value-for-money for me and that’s why I chose it.
Room and Basic Amenities
Knowing that this is a guesthouse and not a hotel, I didn’t expect much in terms of room size and amenities. I’ve read many reviews complaining that the rooms are too small or that the amenities are too basic. I mean, come on! You can’t really expect hotel service from a guesthouse. You get what you pay for.
With that being said, I am actually okay with the room size (although I wished they hadn’t placed us in a room with a huge wall post that had eaten up precious space) and no complaint about the very basic amenities of the room. Anything you need, you can buy at a convenience store.
All of the staff that we met were friendly and helpful especially the nice lady at the reception. She was always smiling and very approachable. Thankfully, we didn’t really have any issues during our stay that would require the staff’s assistance. Nothing was broken and we were not inconvenienced in any way.
I don’t mind eating a simple breakfast of toast or cereals. I don’t even mind cooking my own eggs and washing my dishes but I really wish they at least served decent coffee. Maybe I’m just unlucky because the coffee I had was too watered down to be even called coffee. I guess you’d have to be at the breakfast room as soon as they open to have a cup from their first batch of brewed coffee.
But again, it’s a free breakfast at a guesthouse, it was not that big of a deal for me to complain about. Considering what we paid for, the free breakfast is a nice perk but not valuable enough for me to milk my money’s worth.
We bought several bread and pastries from Paris Baguette and some cup noodles, and we ate that for breakfast instead.
This is one thing that K-Guesthouse Myeongdong 3 can improve on. The hotel reception and breakfast area are very clean. As for the room, it’s clean enough for me to not complain and be comfortable enough to sleep but that’s only because I understand the limitations of staying at a guesthouse. Maybe hiring a couple more housekeeping staff so that they can clean the rooms more often and thoroughly should do the trick.
Will I stay here again?
We probably won’t stay in Myeongdong the next time we visit Seoul but yes, if there is a K-Guesthouse in our next location choice, I will consider. But only if they have an available triple room (for more space) at a decent price. In all honesty, I would probably prioritize booking a hotel instead. Although we were comfortable enough and slept well during our stay at the guesthouse, we’d be even more happy and satisfied if we have more room space the next time we go on vacation.
Do I recommend this guesthouse?
Absolutely! K-Guesthouse Myeongdong 3 is perfect for budget travelers and those looking for a simple accommodation with basic amenities. If you would be spending most of your time outside exploring the beautiful city of Seoul, consider staying at this guesthouse.
K-Guesthouse Myeongdong 3
Address: 35-9, Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Jung-Gu, 04537 Seoul, South Korea
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